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Have Fun With Hokkien

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Hokkien (福建話) is a group of mutually intelligible Min Nan Chinese dialects spoken throughout Southeastern China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and by many other overseas Chinese. Hokkien originated from a dialect in southern Fujian. It is closely related to Teochew, though mutual comprehension is difficult, and is somewhat more distantly related to Hainanese. Hokkien historically served as the lingua franca amongst ...

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Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

I have just finished reading Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and despite my initial misgivings, I found myself dazzled by the novel steeped in love and dripping with money. Think Dynasty on steroids and much more decadent. You will laugh at the idiosyncrasies of the crazy rich. It is like Jane Austen going to Singapore and writing about her experience ...

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Chicken Soup For The Foochow Souls

Foochow red wine mee sua

Good soup lifts the spirits, Stimulating the appetite is one of its merits, In Foochow cuisine, Red wine chicken mee sua reigns supreme.   Made from fermentation of red yeast, Jiu Bing and glutinous rice, Red wine tastes real nice, Mix it with the chicken soup, Behold you get a culinary coup.   Longevity noodles slithery and smooth, Swimming in ...

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Year Of The Dragon 2012 – Long Nian Da Ji

Year of the Dragon 2012 - Long Nian Da Ji

The Year of the Dragon will begin on January 23, about 74 hours from now. The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal signs.  The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend and is the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness. Chinese New Year is the longest and the most important ...

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Guo Li Zhuang – The Strength Inside The Pot

A platter of ox and dog penises.

Whole yak penis, tiger penis, ox penis, dog penis or sheep testicles, anyone? One man’s food is another man’s poison but at Guo Li Zhuang Chinese Restaurant, one man’s taboo is another man’s tonic. A visit to the restaurant is not for the faint-hearted. It specializes in dishes prepared from the genitals (penises and testicles) of male animals from a ...

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Where A Lim Is Also A Ling

Chinese charcter of my surname

Welcome to my world where a Lim is also a Ling. My surname is actually Lim but it was registered as Ling in my birth certificate. I was born in a very small town in Sarawak called Binatang which means animal in Malay. This is a predominantly Foochow town. So when I was born, my Hokkien parents gave the nurse ...

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